The name of LSU sophomore cornerback Kelvin Joseph popped up in the NCAA transfer portal Monday, but it wasn’t there for long.
“He’s not transferring,” Joseph’s father, Kelvin Sr., told The Advocate early Monday afternoon.
By late afternoon, there was no trace of the younger Joseph’s name in the 247 Sports transfer portal after the site was updated just before 5 p.m.
The transfer portal is new this year to college football and basketball.
But it’s not binding and allows players to inform coaches of their intention to possibly leave the program, yet still be contacted by other schools.
Players can also put their name in and remove it and return to their school.
A four-star recruit out of Scotlandville High School in Baton Rouge, Joseph recorded 12 tackles and broke up one pass as a true freshman last season.
He played in 11 of the team’s 13 games, missing one with what was believed to be a hamstring injury. He also missed the Fiesta Bowl victory over UCF when he was suspended for a violation of team rules.
When contacted by The Advocate, the elder Joseph said he couldn’t add clarity to the story about his son’s name being in the transfer portal.
“Not at this time,” he said. “That’s all I can say … he’s staying for right now.
“I have to talk to him some more about it, but everything's supposed to be good.”
Joseph Sr. said he likes where his son is and he will definitely be back with the Tigers for the upcoming season.
Joseph Jr. was rated as the fourth-best player in Louisiana in the 2018 recruiting class by 247 Sports.
He’s expected to battle incoming freshman Derek Stingley, a five-star prospect who was rated as the nation’s top recruit by Rivals when he signed with LSU in December, for a starting spot this season opposite Kristian Fulton.
Despite the loss of All-American Greedy Williams to the NFL draft, there should be plenty of competition at the position when preseason practice begins in August.
In addition to Fulton, the Tigers return Kary Vincent and have Stingley and four other freshmen coming in at the position: Cordale Flott, Maurice Hampton, Raydarious Jones and Jay Ward.
In a tweet, Joseph Jr. said, “If you don’t know my situation please (keeping quiet emoji) and don’t judge.” He followed that with one that read; “lol I was born to compete.”
Advocate sportswriter Scott Rabalais contributed to this report.
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